This past week two opportunities were presented to me that I could solve.

When traveling one over from the slow lane I encountered a spare tire and wheel in the middle of my lane.  With traffic on both sides I was forced to come to a stop.  I put on my emergency flashers and when traffic was clear I stepped out and picked up the errant tire assembly.  While some motorists honked, others when they saw what I had done gave me a thumb up.   This situation could have become deadly if a small car had hit this obstacle. 

A few days later I came across a rental vehicle that was trying to park.  Seeing them struggle and having difficulty.  I decided to walk over and lend them some assistance.  We then went over some good trailering tips, ways to adjust their mirrors for maximum visibility and other thoughts to make their trip safe.  They told me where they were moving to and I gave them suggestions on where to fuel up so they would not end up in a tight convenience store parking lot.  They thanked me for my tips and advice and we parted ways.

All it took was a little time to move the tire and wheel out of the road as I was already at a stop as was traffic behind me.  Once I moved the tire all lanes were able to move as the road was clear of the situation. 

In the end I looked at both of these items as nice trucking outreach events. Where the public got the chance to see a trucker in a better light.

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Henry Albert

Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, NC. Before participating in the "Slice of Life" program, Albert drove a 2001 Freightliner Century Class S/T™, and will use his Cascadia for general freight and a dry van trailer. Albert, who has been a trucker since 1983, was recognized by Overdrive as its 2007 Trucker of the Year.

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